wrestling in 1940

History of Wrestling and College Wrestling



The history of wrestling can be traced to the many indigenous styles of folk wrestling found in Europe, particularly in England. Those folk wrestling styles soon gained popularity in the United States, and by the end of the Civil War those styles, especially freestyle wrestling, emerged in gymnasiums and athletic clubs throughout the country. From then on, tournaments were sponsored and helped promote wrestling in the United States and throughout the world.

D-1 Teams
D-2 Teams
D-3 Teams

The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association held its first tournament in 1905, which soon sparked many more wrestling tournaments for both college and university students and high school students. In 1927, Clapp published the rules for collegiate wrestling, and the next year, the first NCAA Wrestling Team Championship took place on March 30 to March 31 on the campus of Iowa State College.

NCAA Champs
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